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Dec 29, 2010 05:22 AM

Post-MFA dinner recs (for picky people)--help

Our picky requirements:
Son (eats burgers, pizza, plain meat--will eat lamb)
MIL (doesn't eat spicy things or dairy)
Husband (wants inexpensive because he is paying, but is a foodie and will eat anything)
FIL (never complains about anything)
Me (just want a good, interesting meal with no complaints from others)
Daughter (the more exotic the food, the better)

I was really hoping just to stop at Brookline Family Restaurant on the way home (love their food and pastries, and DS can get a burger there), but my MIL thinks it's too spicy.

We live in the western burbs but don't mind heading farther back into Boston if the food is worth it.

Brookline Family Restaurant
305 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Thanks. Their menu looks as if everyone will find something to his/her liking, but how is the food?

      1. re: Isolda

        the food is fine and they have an excellent beer selection, with reasonably priced wines by the glass too.

        it's a mob scene when sox are in town.

        they are open all day, too, no closing between lunch and dinner, so you can stroll in any time.

    2. Not easy. Even under the best circumstances. Daryll Settles's new place is great. Brasserie Jo is OK.

      Brasserie Jo
      120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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      1. re: scotty27

        settles is deep in the south end, hardly that close to the fenway.

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          It's on Columbus. I did it the other night Ten minute walk.

          1. re: scotty27

            Agreed, Columbus definitely isn't deep in the south end, and is easily a 10 minute walk from MFA if they had cut through Ruggles. Too bad they couldn't have accomodated them for the early slot because I think it would have fit the bill for what they were looking for.

            1. re: Boston Strangler

              Place is chill, too. Tim Patridge cooks well, Darryl Settles is all about conviviality, and the vibe is D.C. sophistication. A wonderful addition to Boston.

      2. I think Brasserie Jo would be a good choice for your needs. Everybody should find something they like. The food and service is good and it's not too expensive.

        Brasserie Jo
        120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

        1. How about Eastern Standard? Too pricey? Got the burger for the son, non spicy/seafood for MIL, offal for your hubbie, variety for you.
          Is Trattoria Toscana open, high quality Italian, not too pricey.

          Trattoria Toscana
          130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

          Eastern Standard
          528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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          1. re: justbeingpolite

            tt only open for dinner. i thought of esk too, but i don't know how kid-friendly that environment really is.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              Yeah, I ruled out Trattoria Toscano because it didn't seem like they had anything my son would eat. I'm ashamed to admit he doesn't actually fall into the little kid category anymore, but he's as picky as some 10 year olds, so I do try to find foods on the menu that would please someone that young. I keep hoping he'll outgrow this pickiness--he didn't get this gene from me or DH! In any case, since he decided to stay home, we could have gone anyway. There's always next time, though, right?

          2. How about Moby Dick on Huntington?

            It's more expensive than the counter service and decor would suggest, but everything you eat is made from scratch from high quality ingredients.

            Everything from basic lamb kebabs to biryani is good.

            Moby Dick
            269 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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            1. re: DrVenture

              We saw this place and would definitely go there without my MIL., who hates anything that even hints of Indian.